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Flight of Dreams: The Home of ZA001, the First Boeing 787 Test Plane

Significant amount of Boeing 787 components are being made in and around Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Because of that, in 2015, Boeing donated the first Boeing 787 test plane (ZA001) to the city of Nagoya. After sitting on the apron of Centrair airport for a couple of years, it found its new home in Flight …

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Mitsubishi Regional Jet

MRJ Museum: A Peek into the Production of Mitsubishi SpaceJet

MRJ Museum near Nagoya Komaki airport combines several exhibits related to the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (now known as the SpaceJet) and a tour of its final assembly facility. Together with Boeing’s tour in Everett and Airbus’ tour in Toulouse, it’s one of the three publicly accessible airliner factory tours in the world. Access, Opening Hours …

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Plane Spotting: What Is It and How to Get Started?

Plane Spotting: What Is It and How to Get Started?

While over the years, my aviation hobby has evolved a fair bit, there is one thing that remained unchanged. And that is my love of plane spotting. I visited an airport for the sole purpose of watching aircraft back in April 2006, and since then have been to quite a few airports around the world …

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NASA DC-8 Cockpit During Blue Hour

Flying on the NASA DC-8: Observing an Airborne Science Lab in Action

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center operates a number of aircraft out of Building 703 at Palmdale airport. Among those, two airliners from yesteryear – a Boeing 747SP and a Douglas DC-8 – that found a new life as research aircraft can be found. Last year, I had a chance to fly on the larger one …

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Inside Armstrong Building 703: The Home of NASA’s State-of-the-Art Research Aircraft

Inside Armstrong Building 703: The Home of NASA’s State-of-the-Art Research Aircraft

While NASA is best known for the work it does in connection with space travel and exploration, every day the agency’s engineers, researchers, and other staff work hard to make advances in the field of aeronautics as well. One of NASA’s divisions responsible for that is the Armstrong Flight Research Center – known until 2014 as …

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New Terminal, New Era: Onboard Jetstar Japan's Inaugural Flight from Tokyo to Shimojishima

New Terminal, New Era: Onboard Jetstar Japan’s Inaugural Flight from Tokyo to Shimojishima

Over the last couple of years, I took quite a few “special” flights – whether inaugurals or farewells. Among others, I was on Air France’s inaugural 787 flight, on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400CC inaugural flight, as well as on the Cathay Pacific 747 farewell flight. That said, I’d never been on an inaugural flight …

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Aviation Museum: Polish Army Museum (Warsaw, Poland)

Aviation Museum: Polish Army Museum (Warsaw, Poland)

Whether you are a civil aviation or military aviation enthusiast, if you find yourself with some spare time in Warsaw, Poland, you should consider visiting the Polish Army Museum which is just a short walk away from the capital’s city center. Since I had a long transfer in Warsaw while transferring between a LOT flight …

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Aviation Museum: Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History (Brussels, Belgium)

Aviation Museum: Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History (Brussels, Belgium)

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels is, as its name suggests, mainly focused on military and not solely focused on aviation either. I still visited it during my long transit in Brussels the other day, though, as I wanted to see the ex-Sabena Sud Caravelle that is probably the …

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Malev Lisunov Li-2, Ikarus 55 and Tupolev Tu-154

A Retro Weekend in Budapest: Flying on the Lisunov Li-2 Over the Danube

If the aircraft above looks familiar to you, then it’s because looks like the well-known Douglas DC-3. However, rather than being the DC-3 itself, it’s the license-built Soviet version of the DC-3, Lisunov Li-2. Back in October 2018, I had a chance to fly on a short sightseeing flight over Budapest onboard the last remaining …

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